Consultation Closing Soon!

You have one week left to have your say in the National Park name correction

Kia ora whānau, many of you may already be aware that Te Korowai o Wainuiārua has called for National Park and its railway station to revert to the historic name Waimarino, which was changed after a shipment of mail went missing 100 years ago.

The three-month public consultation period  closes on February 8th, and we are asking you to have your say before the submission period closes.

The name Waimarino refers to the calm waters pooling on the plains as they come down from Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.

In 1925, The Raetihi Chamber of Commerce suggested Waimarino County Council petition the Crown to change the name of the Waimarino railway station to help stop the mail of Raetihi from going missing.

Councillors agreed that there was confusion over the name and suggested that an application be made.

In April 1926, Railways Minister Joseph Gordon Coates agreed to change the name of the station to National Park Station and the name of the village followed over time, though was never officiated.

Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Trust chair Aiden Gilbert said the Trust was keen to do some more “housekeeping” and reinstate traditional or more accurate names.

Please have your say, whānau!
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You’re Invited!

We are delighted to extend an invitation to the commencement of construction/Karakia for the much-anticipated Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono cycle trail through our rohe.

The trail is a unique partnership we have been part of since inception, and will create training and development opportunities for local rangatahi to become trail builders, ensuring the maintenance and development of the trail remains in the hands of skilled kaitiaki for decades to come. Additionally, the connection through Pōkākā ecosanctuary will give cyclists the opportunity to hear the call of kākā, kererū, and many other native birds, while also promoting sustainable tourism.
Please park at the Horopito Motors / Ohakune Old Coach Road end of the road. We have arranged a shuttle service provided by our Mountains to Sea Official Partners to take you to the construction site. There is no turning space up the road.
Arrive at around 8.15am onwards for your transfer to the site.

The Karakia and official proceedings are expected to begin at 8.30am.

This will be a standing ceremony. It is expected to take approximately 30minutes, if you need support, please bring a camping chair.

On completion, you will be transferred back to Horopito, and you can walk along the official route of the trail (around 150m) to the Horopito Hall for refreshments.

The weather looks good but advise to bring comfortable shoes and warm jacket

To assist us with planning both shuttles and catering, please RSVP to

14 June, 2023

The following was an open letter submitted to Government concerning the Therapeutic Products Bill:

We strongly urge the New Zealand Government to pause proceeding with the Therapeutic Products Bill and to constructively consult and engage with your Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners, the various organisations affected, and their respective representatives before proceeding to the second and third readings of the Bill.

Following an analysis of the 16,645 submissions to the Health Select Committee, many submitters do not object to replacing the Medicines Act 1981 and the Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985. A further analysis of the submissions reveals however, that many if not all submissions, have serious concerns about how the omnibus Bill has been drafted and what the consequences will be for tangata whenua and New Zealanders.

We welcome the opportunity to work with our lawmakers in a forum that resolves the issues identified from the submissions made about the Therapeutic Products Bill, so that the proposed law works for all now and into the future.

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